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Sunday, April 6, 2014

PRAYER: A DUTY AND A PRIVILEGE: FORWARDED BY BISHOP DR. VERGHESE L.MATHAI

( The respected readers know ArchBishop Dr. Verghese L.Mathai through his professional and scholarly articles. Now Resp.Bishop has sent the eye opening article about "Prayer"...a duty and privilege...Thanks."New World"PRAYER: A DUTY AND A PRIVILEGE !
Prayer is a spiritual exercise. It is an act of the will, aided and helped by the Holy Spirit. It is important. God wants us to pray and be in constant communion with Him. Prayer is the expression of an intimate relationship with the Lord...in an intimacy that produces fruit!

I remember hearing the late Swami Chinmayananda of India making this simple but profound statement, "Prayer is a love-making with God," at a meeting in the Police Stadium in Trivandrum.

Saints through the ages did pray. Jesus taught and practiced it. The Apostles followed it.

ACT & ACTIS OF PRAYER:

I think it is important to bring a few scriptural thoughts on this vital subject-- prayer. I call it the ACTS of Prayer:

The disciples of Christ asked Him, "Rabbi (Guru), teach us to pray."

Jesus taught them a model prayer which is commonly known as the Lord's Prayer.

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